Minoru Sew-Along #18: Hemming, and Then We’re Done!

Sew AlongWidget Minoru Minoru Sew Along #11: Little Hidden PocketsThirty-five blog posts and several hundred comments later, we’re finishing up the Minoru Sew-Along! Today’s the last post of sewing instructions. We’ll follow with a series of posts showing off your finished jackets, and I’ll post some photos of my finished jacket too!

Today we’ll hem the jacket to finish it off. After the sewing is complete it’s a good idea to check for loose threads and trim them off, and give our garment a final press if the fabric requires. Then, hang it in your closet and wear it proudly!

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Now, our jackets will naturally fold at the right spot for the hemline. We’ve sewn the placket along the bottom edge, and when we turned it, this started a fold that will also be the fold of the whole jacket hem.

Press the hem up, following the natural fold between the plackets, and checking to make sure it measures 2 5/8″ (7cm) as you press.

Press under the seam allowance on the raw edge of the hem, 5/8″ (1.5cm). My top finger is pointing to the hem fold line, my thumb is pointing to the turned-under raw edge.

Next, we’ll tuck the lining down into the hem fold.

Pin the hem in place.

Now, we’ll stitch the hem twice. I like to stitch the first row with the lining side up, so I can edgestitch close to the fold, and then stitch the second row with the jacket side up. If you’re using special topstitching thread in the top of your machine only, you’ll want to stitch from the right side of the jacket both times.

Then turn over the jacket, and stitch the second row from the right side. I’m using the edge of my presser foot as a guide, and stitching below the first row.

Stop when you reach the placket and backstitch.

We’re done! Hurrah! Oh wait, we’re not. We need to slipstitch the little opening on the inside of the placket. (True confession: I didn’t do mine yet. I was so excited to be done!)

See the little opening on the inside of the placket, about 10cm above the hem? Slipstitch that closed.

And then we’re done!

Hey, my scarf matches the jacket nicely! That worked out well. Off to take photos of the finished jacket!

This week, I’ll put up a ‘show us your Minoru!’ post and I’d love it if you would post a link to your finished jacket. Blogs, Burdastyle, Flickr, Pattern Review – wherever your jacket can be seen, let us know! On that post, not this one. It’s easier when all the comments are on the same post. This was fun, everyone!

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31 Responses to Minoru Sew-Along #18: Hemming, and Then We’re Done!

  1. didyoumakethat March 14, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    Your jacket is really pretty, Tasia. I like the idea of a lighter-weight, pretty summer take on this jacket. British summers, you know… They involve a lot of rain! Congratulations on a stupendous sew-along.

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      Our summers are full of rain too! In fact it’s even been snowing this week. I always think our weather is similar to yours – lots of rain, lots of grey days, short summers.. Glad you enjoyed the sew-along!

  2. Gemini March 14, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    I just finished mine, slipstitch and all! That was a great sewalong. It was helpful to see all the steps laid out so easily with some tips and tricks to learn along the way. Thanks, Tasia! Can’t wait to wear my new Minoru out in this spring weather in Ottawa!

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

      Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the sewalong. Looking forward to seeing your finished jacket!
      ps. just peeked on your blog to see if you’d posted any, and admired your Quince yarn. I love Quince! Sucks that you got hit with customs charges though. I’ve ordered from them three times and never had any, luckily. It’s hit or miss I suppose! And then I got distracted and read your bit on why you knit sweaters – my thoughts exactly. Making things gives us such a sense of pride – and it’s unlikely anyone else will walk by wearing the exact same sweater!

  3. Vicki Kate March 14, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Congratulations! It’s such a pretty colour and looks great with your scarf. Mine is all done but I’ll bore you with links and such in the post where you actually need that information – I loved the pattern and even though I jumped ahead of the sewalong I had no problems at all. I’d love to make a silver linen one for the summer…

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Ooooh, I love the idea of silver linen. I have this gold-ish linen fabric I’m about to use for a secret new project and it’s lovely! Summery with a hint of shine. That would be awesome and you definitely have to tell us if you make it!
      Post for links is coming tomorrow, I can’t wait to see yours! (And then it occured to me that you might have posted it already and I LOVE it!! Reflective zips! It’s so awesome. What a great jacket!)

  4. Mary March 14, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Yours is so pretty in that lovely pastel peach color. And the scarf! perfection. I have been wearing my rust colored cord Minoru out and about…and getting lots of compliments. How nice, huh? I am almost ready to plan and make another one, maybe in a floral or a graphic print. I love this pattern-thanks so much for all the posts on the sewalong.

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      Love it! That’s the best when you get compliments on your sewing projects. A graphic print would be great! I’ve seen some awesome ones in bright prints or graphic prints. And I still have that navy and white polka-dot Minoru on my mind too…

  5. Jodi March 14, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    ooohhh. I love the color.

    And I have to say, I’m pretty happy how my jacket turned out too! Great job on greating such a lovely design.

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      I’m so glad you’re happy with your jacket! Especially since you compared it to giving birth.. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not :) I love the colour you used!

  6. nothy lane March 14, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Beautiful jacket and sewing tips Tasia. I like the idea of a lighter jacket for spring and those chilly summer evenings….My fabric is cut out and waiting for me to start! I am just finishing up some Renfrew shirts and then I will get started.

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

      Oh fun! You’ll have a bunch of tee shirts all ready to layer under your Minoru jacket when it’s done! And of course, all of these sew-along posts for reference. :)

  7. Nikole March 14, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    why not just continue the row of stitching on the placket?.. since the lining is already in place

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

      Personal preference, I guess! I like the long vertical lines that the plackets create, and didn’t want to cross them with more stitching. You could totally stitch all the way across the plackets if you wanted to.

  8. Jessie Kwak March 14, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Tasia, that is gorgeous! I’ve been reading every sew-along post religiously, and I’m so impressed with your writing and photos. Everything is incredibly clear.

    I got my Minoru in the mail the other day, and I’m looking forward to making it. I need a good spring bike coat (although now that it’s March it seems like winter is finally hitting the northwest!).

    Are you planning on making any other cycling-inspired patterns?

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      That’s a good question! On one hand, plenty of people are taking up cycling and commute to work by bike, and want to look good out there. On the other hand, the number of pear-shaped cyclists that sew can’t be that high. :) Because I love cycling, there’s a good chance that many of my designs will be able to be worn on a bike – of course, that depends on your bike and how long your commute is. Like the Renfrew, it’s not cycling-specific, but it totally works for layering on a bike ride!

      Winter is hitting us here in Vancouver, too! Snow and such this week. At least the days are longer, yay!

      Thanks for the feedback on the sew-along posts. I like details, and because I’m usually writing at the same time as I’m sewing, it’s easy to remember to note everything that comes into my mind.

  9. Katy March 14, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Your jacket looks lovely Tasia. I love the big collar on this jacket. I can’t wait to see your finished photos. Thank you so much for the detailed sew a long. They will be so helpful when I come to make this up.

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Thank you! I’m hoping to post finished photos next week. I love the big collar too!

  10. cass March 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Done!!! lovely. Can’t wait to show it off… I chose fabric that does not suit the jacket at all but am still completely proud of it.

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Great! I’m so glad you’re happy with the results!

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Curious what kind of fabric you used, too.. too heavy? too thin? What about it doesn’t suit the jacket?

  11. Koreann Hearn March 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Mine’s done, and it’s the first thing I’ve made in 20 years that ABSOLUTELY does not look ‘homemade.’ Lots of compliments, and two ‘make me one’ requests!

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Yay!! That’s the best news ever. I love that it doesn’t look homemade and all your friends want one! (Are you going to make jackets for the people who requested?)

  12. Jo March 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you again for the fantastic sew-along. I finished early (couldn’t help myself ;-) but found your tips really useful. I’m looking forward to making another in a lighter weight fabric next time, but for now will enjoy wearing my denim one.

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      Oh! I just saw your denim one this morning in the Flickr group, it’s fantastic. I love how it turned out!

  13. Sharon March 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    I’ve finally started my jacket and find all your sewalong tips very helpful. Thank you so much for all the information. I can’t wait to see all the different versions.

    • Tasia March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      Me too! I’m so excited to post all the finished jackets and show off everyone’s hard work. And show how different they all are too. Happy sewing!

  14. Lori April 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Thank you so much for this sew-along. While I did not participate in the sew-along in realtime, the sew-along posts were a very valuable resource when I was sewing my jacket. Thank you! You did a wonderful job with this pattern.

  15. Carola May 24, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Thanks Tasia for a wonderful sew-along which I also didn’t participate in in realtime but I thoroughly enjoyed following each step during the month of May (when I received my pattern in the mail… Perth, Western Australia). I love my jacket and will try to take photos tomorrow to post along side the others. I love seeing the variations around the world! So much fun!! So what’s next? :)

  16. Dilliander February 11, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    Such a lovely jacket Tasia! The sew-along was great too. Thanks for all the effort you’ve put into this pattern, its a winner!!


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